How to choose your sharpening stone

(1) Coarse Shaping Stones
Coarse-grained stones for abrading large amounts of material. E.g. for repairing nicks and chips, and altering the bevel geometry.
(2) Sharpening Stones
Medium-grit stones for sharpening blunt edges.
(3) Honing Stones
Fine-grit stones for honing after sharpening.
(4) Polishing stones
Ultra-fine grained stones for honing and polishing.
(1) Coarse Shaping Stones

a) Purity / Grit

b) Recommendation steels

Suehiro Coarse Shaping Stone (710990)

100

low

all steels

DMT Dia Sharp Bench Stone extra extra-coarse (705382)

120

high

all steels

Norton India Oilstone (711051)

220

medium

high-alloy
tool steels

Sun Tiger Coarse Shaping Stone (711010)

220

low

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711601)

220

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

DMT Whetstone, extra-coarse (705365)

220

high

all steels

Naniwa Traditional Stone (711350)

220

low

all steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711330)

220

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Sun Tiger Coarse Shaping Stone (711000)

240

low

low-alloy
carbon steels

DMT Whetstone, coarse (705366)

320

high

all steels

DMT Dia Sharp Bench Stone, coarse (705358)

320

high

all steels

Cerax Coarse Shaping Stone without base (711549)

400

medium

all steels

Cerax Coarse Shaping Stone with base (711548)

400

medium

all steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711331)

400

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711602)

500

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711623)

500

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

(2) Sharpening Stones

a) Purity / Grit

b) Recommendation steels

DMT Whetstone, fine (705367)

600

high

all steels

DMT Dia Sharp Bench Stone, fine (705381)

600

high

all steels

King Sharpening Stone (711001)

800

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711332)

800

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

King Sharpening Stone (711011)

1000

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

Cerax Sharpening Stone without base (711551)

1000

medium

all steels

Cera&sPartner=smx Sharpening Stone with base (711550)

1000

medium

all steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711603)

1000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Traditional Stone (711351)

1000

medium

all steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711333)

1000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Norton Inda Oilstone (711052)

1000

medium

high-alloy
tool steels

King Sharpening Stone (711002)

1200

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

DMT Whetstone, extra-fine (705368)

1200

high

all steels

DMT Dia Sharp Sharp-ening Block, extra-fine (706281)

1200

high

all steels

Jinzo Sharpening Stone (710991)

2000

medium

high-alloy
tool steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711604)

2000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711334)

2000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Cerax Sharpening Stone without base (711553)

3000

medium

all steels

Cerax Sharpening Stone with base (711552)

3000

medium

all steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711612)

3000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711335)

3000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

(3) Honing Stones

a) Purity / Grit

b) Recommendation steels

King Honing Stone (711021)

4000

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Softer Bond (711605)

4000

very high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711616)

4000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711336)

5000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

King Honing Stone (711003)

6000

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

Cerax Honing Stone without base (711555)

6000

medium

all steels

Cerax Honing Stone with base (711554)

6000

medium

all steels

Shapton Glass Stone Softer Bond (711606)

6000

very high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711617)

6000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Traditional Stone (711352)

6000

medium

all steels

(4) Polishing stones

a) Purity / Grit

b) Recommen-dation steels

Awasedo Honing Stone (711084)

8000

high

all steels

King Gold Stone (711004)

8000

medium

low-alloy
carbon steels

Cerax Honing Stone without base (711557)

8000

medium

all steels

Cerax Honing Stone with base (711556)

8000

medium

all steels

Shapton Glass Stone Softer Bond (711607)

8000

very high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711618)

8000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

DMT Dia Sharp Sharpening Block,
extra extra-fine (705389)

8000

high

all steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711337)

8000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711621)

10 000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711338)

10 000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Naniwa Sharpening Stone (711339)

12 000

high

low-alloy
carbon steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711608)

16 000

medium

high-alloy
tool steels

Shapton Glass Stone Hard Bond (711609)

30 000

very high

high-alloy
tool steels